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Stone Patios: a Lasting Way to Beautify Your Outdoor Space

By September 18, 2018 September 19th, 2018 Outdoor Living Spaces
Stone Patio

Entertaining on your patio is one of life’s simple pleasures. But if wear and tear are starting their toll, it’s probably time for a remodel— and stone could be the solution.

Stone Patios: Why Stone?

Our designers love natural stone because:

  • It suits modern, contemporary, or traditional tastes (and never looks dated).
  • Its striking beauty makes it stand out in any outdoor landscape.
  • It’s extremely durable, so every renovation we complete with natural stone is built to last.
  • Unlike synthetics, the look of natural stone improves with age.
  • It’s not susceptible to moss or lichen damage, which could ruin many other patio finishes.
  • It’s versatile. You can choose a type from among numerous colors, textures, and styles that it fits your taste and budget.
  • Whether you need paving, copiers, or steps, you don’t have to use a handful of different materials—stone can do it all.

Invest in Quality

Because stonework can be dangerous, it’s best to entrust any remodels requiring stone to a professional. Choosing the best stone available keeps your patio features looking better longer.

When shopping for stone:

  • Look for the thickest, strongest option within your budget.
  • Avoid porous finishes that could allow leaks and damage.
  • Don’t forget to verify that your stone is ethically sourced in manufactured and that it meets international standards for fair trade.
  • Ask for samples of both the stone your potential remodeler uses and your existing stone.
  • Ask your remodeler how they prepare the ground to ensure safe, lasting installation.

Natural stone is more costly than alternative finishes. But your investment results in a safe installation, expert preparation, and a finish that extends the life of your patio.

Set in Stone: Design Tips

Here are a few things to consider when it’s time to personalize your new stone patio.

Purchase or Match Local Stone: Local stone makes the look and feel of your patio unique to your neighborhood. If you’re unable to purchase authentic local stone, try matching its color and geological type to a stone that’s more widely available.

Be Consistent: Match or coordinate the color and style of your stone to the existing finishes in your yard, garden, and home interior.

Size Matters: While the smaller stone slab is fine for a small garden or outdoor nook, larger slabs are a choice if you want to check the illusion more space or make the patio the focal point of your home exterior.

Cleaning and Maintenance

You can help make your stone patio last with ongoing care and maintenance.

  • If the stone is dry, simply sweep it clean.
  • To remove algae, pressure wash the stone.
  • If you use cleaning products, make sure they don’t damage the natural patina of your stonework.
  • Check warning labels. Some cleaners are toxic to vegetation, backyard wildlife, or pets.

Ready to make your patio the talk of the family cookout or neighborhood block party? Schedule your complimentary consultation with our team of experts. We’ll design and install a safe, beautiful stone patio that lasts for years to come.

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